Originally Posted by SouthCo
It's because GM adopted the SAE J2807 towing standard. Other manufactures were affected when the adopted the standard too.
The article specifically states that this was not the result of GM's adoption of the J2807 standards which took place with the 2015 model year.
From the looks of the graphic in the article, GM was saying the 3.08 had the same towing capacity as the 3.42 in some configurations. Could have been a typo, or could have been "misleading" customers. Of course the lawsuit claims GM was maliciously misleading customers.
IMO, salespeople mislead customers every day regarding the capacities of their vehicles. And the marketing department doesn't help matters. You can see it all over this forum and others. Someone says "yeah, my truck is rated to tow 9800 lbs, so my 8000 lb RV should be no problem ..." We all know how that story goes.
It's just interesting that a manufacturer is getting called out on this. It makes me wonder how much that happens, and if lawsuits like this will change anything. I imagine there will be a few more disclosure requirements in tiny print at the bottom of TV ads, and unfortunately that'll be about it.
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